When out of town guests ask what they should be sure to eat when they’re in Charleston, Shrimp & Grits is sure to make the list. What could be a better combination of Lowcountry flavors than some right-off-the-dock shrimp from places like Magwood Seafood or Crosby’s Seafood with some fantastic stone ground grits from Green Grocer Farms? But, since it’s definitely not quite as simple as tossing some shrimp into some grits, sometimes it’s a lot easier to go to one of the wonderful Charleston restaurants to try their version (but my parents and I have to say that my wife’s is the best in town!).
My favorite non-wife version can be found at one of my very favorite restaurants in Charleston, Slightly North of Broad (or SNOBs as it is locally, and intentionally humorously, known). Their version, Maverick Shrimp & Grits, uses their own sausage, country ham, fresh tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and Geechie Boy yellow grits. They serve it for both lunch and dinner. (You can find their recipe here.) But, since Shrimp & Grits has long been considered a breakfast staple in the Lowcountry, you can have a pretty great version for morning eating at the Marina Variety Store Restaurant (Glimpses pick for the best breakfast in Charleston) , the funky Early Bird Diner (which has been featured on the Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives) and the ever popular Hominy Grill.
Charleston Eats just did their list of 25 Places for Great Shrimp & Grits in Charleston. What’s yours?